"We'd spend entire days taunting each other to crank harder, step higher, to forget the raw, sometimes bleeding fingertips and flash it."
-- John Long (Rock Jocks, Wall Rats and Hang Dogs)
Okay, so this doesn't really describe the AMC Climbing Committee, but we are a group of people who love to climb! Most weekends, we climb the cliffs of New York's spectacular Shawangunk Mountains ("the Gunks"); we also organize trips to other summer and winter climbing destinations in the Northeast. If you just want to try rock climbing to see if you like it, please contact the Mohican Outdoor Center. They offer a two day workshop that will provide a good introduction to rock climbing. If you want to climb with the AMC there are two ways to get started:
- Take our training class offered in the Spring. This annual training program is for novice or beginner rock climbers or climbers who do not lead climb and is given over two weekends in late April or early May. No prior experience is necessary for the course, but it is expected that members will climb with the AMC regularly upon successfully completing the course. The application process generally begins in mid-December. An on-line application is available at that time. If you would like to know more or get an application, please click this link: Climbing Class.
- Join as a walk-on leader. This is for people who lead climb with extensive, recent, multipitch rock climbing experience. If you've been leading for a while and are looking for safe, reliable climbing partners then you've come to the right place. All you have to do is climb with one of our experienced leaders for a day (weekend or weekday) so we can verify your safety. It's expected that walk-on leaders will be proficient in all of the skills taught in the training class as well as the necessary skills for lead climbing. We do not provide any equipment so you'll need your own rope, rack, etc. For more information check out our frequently asked questions. If you feel qualified to join as a leader, fill out our walk on leader questionnaire and email it to the Climbing Committee Chair, listed below.